June is National Rose Month and we can’t wait to celebrate! We want to show our love for this classic beauty by growing some roses of our own. Here’s an easy how-to for starting a rose bush with just one rose. You’ll need:

  • 1 long-stem rose (12″ or taller)
  • chopstick
  • garden gloves
  • mason jar
  • hormone growth powder
  • sharp shears (sanitized with alcohol)

How you’ll do it:

  1. Use a chopstick (or similar object) to make a hole in the ground. Be sure the area gets plenty of sunlight and has adequate water drainage. Push the chopstick all the way into the ground then remove it.
  2. Put on your garden gloves and mind the thorns. Make several cuts along the rose stem. Cover with hormone powder.
  3. Push the stem into the hole until the bottom of the flower head touches the ground.
  4. Place a mason jar over the stem. Keep your cutting well watered during the summer months.

In nine months, the cutting will take root and you’ll have the beginnings of a rose bush.